Cross country’s Rebecca Hobby takes sixth place at the UNLV Invitational Saturday.
The UNLV cross country team will compete in a 5K at Craig Ranch Regional Park.
The UNLV cross country team's Spencer Moore and Rebecca Hobby placed in the top 10 in Friday's 5K race.
The UNLV cross country team was paced by a trio of runners that placed ninth through 11th at the Twilight Classic in northern Nevada.
The Rebels will open their 2015 season at Nevada, Reno’s Nature’s Bakery Twilight Classic Friday night.
In his first two seasons, Harris has coached four NCAA West Region qualifiers, two Mountain West champions, 10 all-conference team performers, four UNLV top five all-time performances, one academic USTFCCA All-American and one school record.
In 2014, the indoor Distance Medley Relay (DMR) team consisting of Laura Affeld, Mandy Chitwood, Miranda Menzies and Auzsane Crowe-Carter ran a time of 11:45.48, breaking the previous school record that stood for 20 years. During the indoor season, Crowe-Carter ran the fourth-best all-time performance in the mile.
During the outdoor season, Crowe-Carter took home all-conference honors in the 800m at the MW Indoor Championships, while Chitwood - a member of the middle-distance group - helped the 4x400m relay take home the conference title in the event.
Following the 2014 indoor season, Crowe-Carter captured the 800m MW outdoor title with a commanding victory. Harris later coached her to the second round at the NCAA West Regional's in the 800m. Crowe- Carter, at one point of the season was ranked ninth in the nation with her 2:06.03 performance at the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge in Sacramento, Calif. Harris also converted Affeld from the 400m hurdles to the 3000m steeplechase, where she scored for the Rebels at the MW Outdoor Championships and finished the season ranked third on UNLV's all-time list in the steeplechase.
In his first track season at UNLV, Harris led Kelsey Williamson to a conference indoor title in the 400m and an all-conference performance in the 800m, all at the same meet. That same season Williamson ran 2:06.06 to rank her second on the UNLV all-time performance list. Williamson was named Academic All-American for the 2013 indoor season.
During the 2013 outdoor season, Williamson, who was hampered by injury, was not able to compete 100 percent for the Rebels, instead Crowe-Carter rose to the occasion to take home a performance worthy of all-conference team recognition as well as her first showing at the NCAA West Regional in the 800m.
In 2013, Harris led the cross country team to a first-place finish at the Big Wave Invitational, which was hosted by the University of Hawai'i.
One year earlier, the cross country team was victorious at the Cal State Northridge Invitational. Lauren Petersen led the Rebels with her first-place finish.
Academically, 10 members of the cross country program have earned Fall Academic All-MW Team recognition the past two years - six in 2013 and four in 2012.
Harris, a native of Decatur, GA., came to UNLV after serving as the head cross country and assistant track & field coach at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C. He had been at SCSU since February of 2010, where he coached the men's and women's cross country teams for two seasons and oversaw the development of the middle- and long-distance programs and the men's and women's hurdlers and men's 400m runners for three years. Twenty-three school records were set in both indoor and outdoor competition under his watch, while the 2010 women's cross country team earned its best finish - second place - in school history.
Prior to his stint at SCSU, Harris was a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee, from 2003-09. While in Knoxville, Tenn., he was as a track coach with the Knoxville Track Club and primarily worked with the youth program. He also spent time as a sport-specific/personal trainer (Performance Training Inc.), where he trained several world class athletes and designed workouts for clients with particular needs.
He began his collegiate career at Alabama State University from 1996-99, where he was named a team captain during his sophomore year. He earned his undergraduate degree in graphic design from Tennessee in 2002 after he became a two-time NCAA All-American in the distance medley relay and the 4x400m relay. He helped the Volunteers to both the SEC and NCAA Outdoor Championships team titles in 2001.
After completing his collegiate eligibility at Tennessee, he went on to have a lucrative career as a professional. He signed with the Holyfield International Track Club (owned by professional boxer Evander Holyfield) prior to running for Reebok in 2005.
He competed in seven US Outdoor Championships - two of which were Olympic Trials (2004 and 2008) - and advanced to the finals on four occasions. In 2006, he had his best finish - third - at the US Outdoor Championships and was a member of the American record-breaking 4x800m relay team, which clocked a time of 7:02.82 in Brussels, Belgium. He was ranked #2 in the US in the 800m in 2007.
Harris has his USTFCCCA Endurance Specialist and USATF Level 1 certifications.